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Philippe up for the cup

8 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says tomorrow night's EFL Cup first-round tie with Doncaster Rovers is an important game for the club.

The Reds make the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium on the back of Saturday's thrilling victory over Burton Albion and Montanier believes his side must maintain the momentum when they tackle Darren Ferguson's men tomorrow night.

Speaking ahead of the game he said: "The cup game is important to me and to the players. If we win the whole competition, we can qualify for the Europa League so we're going out to win it from the start.

"The Europa League is not a target for the club but it is a good target for the players. We would love to take Nottingham Forest back into Europe and we can start that journey by beating Doncaster tomorrow.

"Doncaster can play with different styles and formations and any game against a team from a lower league will be very difficult. We know it be a tough game because Doncaster will be motivated to knock us out of the cup.

"We will treat the game as we will treat the matches at Brighton and Brentford. We will put out a team that is as strong as possible."

On the subject of fielding a strong side, Montanier was able to deliver some positive news on the injury front including an update on goalkeeper Dorus de Vries

"Dorus' injury is not as serious as we thought. He had a scan over the weekend and he will be out for a few weeks but that is better than a few months."

"Chris Cohen, Michael Mancienne, Armand Traore, Jamie Paterson, Jamie Ward and Joe Worrall are all match-fit so they will all come into contention for tomorrow's game which gives me plenty of options.

"We've got three away games in a week which will be tough but we're looking forward to the challenge. We're ready to go."

Tickets are still available for the next two home games against Wigan Athletic and Leeds United via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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